Hamilton Makes Shocking Switch to Ferrari for 2025 F1 Season, Leaving Mercedes Behind

LONDON – Lewis Hamilton’s surprising departure from Mercedes and move to Ferrari for the 2025 Formula 1 season has stunned the motorsport world. The seven-time world champion activated a release clause in his Mercedes contract to join Ferrari on a “multi-year” deal, replacing Carlos Sainz as Charles Leclerc’s teammate.

Hamilton, the most successful driver in F1 history with 103 wins and 104 pole positions, has had a remarkable career with Mercedes, winning six world titles. His departure from Mercedes was confirmed by Ferrari on Thursday evening, leaving the team to find a replacement for one of the greatest drivers of all time.

The move comes after Hamilton signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes last summer, together with Mercedes team-mate George Russell, to stay until the end of 2025. However, after not winning a race since December 2021, the British driver has decided to seek a new challenge at Ferrari.

This surprising move to Ferrari has left Mercedes in a challenging position as they will need to find a replacement for Hamilton, who has been a cornerstone of their success in recent years. The departure also leaves Sainz without a drive for the 2025 season, signalling a significant shakeup in the F1 driver lineup.

Hamilton and Ferrari’s courtship has been ongoing for several months, ultimately leading to his decision to join the Italian team. The move is seen as a major coup for Ferrari, as they secure one of the most accomplished and iconic drivers in F1 history to spearhead their efforts in the upcoming seasons.

Hamilton’s move to Ferrari will undoubtedly have a ripple effect across the F1 landscape, potentially paving the way for other drivers to make significant moves in the sport. The 2025 season is already shaping up to be an intriguing and transformative one, with implications for not just the teams involved, but the F1 as a whole.